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Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj; 4 January 1925 – 19 July 2018) was an Indian poet and author of Hindi literature. He was also a poet of Hindi Kavi sammelan. He was born in the village of Puravali, near Mahewa in Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1925. He wrote under the pen name "Neeraj".
4 January 1925
|Died||19 July 2018 (aged 93)|
|Spouse(s)||Savitri Devi Saxena|
|Children||Milan Prabhat Gunjan |
Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh. Around 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Several poems and songs written by Neeraj have been used in Hindi movies. He wrote songs for several Hindi films and was proficient in both Hindi and Urdu. In a television interview, Neeraj called himself an unlucky poet, who had to concentrate on that form instead of writing songs for films. He had written for some music directors of the Hindi film industry - for example, Kanyadaan, 1968; Prem Pujari, 1970; Sharmilee, 1971; Tere Mere Sapne, 1971 - but his career there ended when he became depressed at their deaths. He noted in particular the deaths of Jaikishan, of the music duo Shankar-Jaikishan, and S. D. Burman, for both of whom he had written highly popular film songs.
Neeraj died, aged 93, on 19 July 2018 in New Delhi. He had been admitted to hospital with a lung infection.
Best 20 songs, written by Neeraj:
1) Subah na aai sham na aai (Cha Cha Cha) 2) Sapne jhare phool se (Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal) 3) Likhe jo khat tujhe (Kanyadaan) 4) Kaal ka paahiya ghoome bhaiya (Chanda Aur Bijli) 5) Ae bhai zara dekh ke chalo (Mera Naam Joker) 6) Chham chham baaje re paayelia (Jaane Anjaane) 7) Aap yahan aaye kis liye (Kal Aaj Aur Kal) 8) Phoolon ke rang se (Prem Pujaari) 9) Rangila re tere rang me (Prem Pujaari) 10) Khilte hai gul yahan (Sharmilee) 11) Megha chhaye aadhi raat (Sharmilee) 12) Aaj madhosh hua jaaye re (Sharmilee) 13) Kaise kahe hum (Sharmilee) 14) Dil aaj shayar hai (Gambler) 15) Mera man tera pyaasa (Gambler) 16) Re man sur ma ga (Lal Paththar) 17) Jeevan ki baagiyan (Tere Mere Sapne) 18) Jaise Radha ne maal japi (Tere Mere Sapne) 19) Jhoom keg aa yuhn aaj mere dil (Patanga) 20) Tum kitni khubsoorat ho (Jungal Me Mangal)
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